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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The High Cost of Unintended Consequences


If you are here often, you may or may not have noticed a little change.  I have altered my tag line up there on that shiny silver bar below my title.  I am beginning to get a deeper understanding of my passions and goal for this space.

The third component of that statement is consuming with intention.  I’m not here make you change in any way that isn’t of your own choosing. What I do want is to make you think about how, what and why you are consuming – anything and everything.  Then make an informed, INTENTIONAL, decision about your actions.

We do so many things mindlessly.  I know that I have polished off a whole bag of chips while watching television without doing the calculation of total number of servings x the calories per serving.  My actions were unintentional and there was a price to pay.  Some prices are much higher than others and don’t directly pull dollars out of my wallet.

Some prices are too high to pay.  When we put our lives or the lives of others at risk, the costs are intolerable.  If we don’t pay attention to our driving, when we cause our blood pressure or cholesterol to skyrocket, when we purchase items made in unsafe working conditions there are unintended consequences.  We are no less responsible for those consequences.

Ignorance is not bliss; ignorance can be deadly.

Let’s make a deal?

I’m going to share with you what I have been learning and all I want you to do is consider what I say.  You are free to support it, disagree with it, or give me even more information that I might not know.  All I ask is that you don’t ignore it.  Does that sound fair?

Let’s get started then, shall we?

What unintended costs have you found yourself paying recently?

18 comments:

  1. Wow, Amy. Where to start? I'm seeking the Lord on being a better steward of my time. Now that my nest is empty, the days are flying by and I'm wasting too much time.
    Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts!

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    1. Oh, time! I didn't even go there. I waste so much of that precious resource it is ridiculous That might get a little too close to home for me to tackle. :)

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  2. Great article, Amy! Thanks for sharing! The unintended consequences of my money spent (slave labor, etc.) has been heavy on my heart lately!

    And yes, I have to agree with Susan, being intentional with my time is something I'm constantly working on.

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    1. That's exactly where I'm headed with part of this. Hopefully with a few answers we can all employ. I knew i wasn't alone in this feeling.

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    2. We've already taken several steps, but I look forward to hearing about your suggestions as well.

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    3. I'd love to know what you've done - maybe even have you guest post with your story. Care to send me an email at amyctilson@gmail.com?

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  3. I look forward to where you go with this, Amy. I feel like I have so much to learn and too often, I just go with what is convenient. I need to be challenged...

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    1. Ah... convenience. Quickly becoming my nemesis, but appears oh so friendly. I need to be challenged, too.

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  4. I love your new tag line, and I am looking forward to your heart being shared here. I have been thinking about the time I waste every night, doing my own thing, and not giving my kids that extra attention, or taking care of things around the home.

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    1. If only you could experience my chaos right now. I'm totally justifying it under the guise of moving in a month. I'm not ready to tackle my time issues right now and work on some other decisions.

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  5. Well, what can I say. My time isn't my own right now and with the very little energy I have left I tend to use it to focus on taking care of myself and do things for me. I suppose that's the wrong answer on a Christian blog but I'm feeling so drained at the moment that there is no room for anything else than just "hanging in there". What I would like to do but don't manage right now is to spend more time with God and then maybe I would be able to handle stress differently.

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    1. You and me both!! No wrong answers here - all grace. I'm going to be a little more concrete, tangible, than dealing with time. I'm definitely working through all of this myself. Hope you'll hang with me and share your own perspective from outside of the US.

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    1. Totally leaving this spam comment up here because the first question is directly related to where I'm going here. :) Cesspit housing is actually not that distant either!

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  7. Amy, I love this and can not wait to see where your heart will take your words. Like Susan, my time seems to be wasting away since my kids are grown. I pray to be more intentional in all aspect of my life. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you! I hope that I can do something of benefit with this. I believe that if we all make small changes it can really have quite an impressive cumulative effect. We'll see. :)

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  8. I have a funny feeling this one is going to hurt a little bit! for some reason, the word INTENTIONAL is showing up in my reading entirely too much!!

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    1. Sorry, but it might. However, you won't be the only one. I'll be right there with you.

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